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Tom Speaks Out Against Mental Illness Stigma
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Dynamic speaker on an issue few want to discuss.
Dynamic speaker on an issue few want to discuss.

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I hope this community addresses mental health, too. 

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I just celebrated my 65th birthday and shortly after the celebration I was diagnosed with MS. Actually, it was good news because it explained why I started losing my vision three years ago, suffered from trigeminal neuralgia 7 years ago and had cognitive deterioration beginning in my 30's leading to instability in employment until I gave up at 60 and got disability for my bipolar disorder II. Oh well, what more can I expect?

At least I can work for myself as a speaker and writer. 
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Long ago and far away, I didn't get the message about mental illness. Bipolar disorder symptoms started when I was a teenager and by my college years I was suicidal. That's why I  give the speech I wish I had heard when I was an undergraduate.

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Mass shootings. Who you gonna' blame? The mentally ill, of course. America has forgotten the dream JFK had and now his nephew Patrick carries the torch.

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Mass shootings? Mental health care? Gun laws? Where do we start? 

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I had the courage to write a memoir about my experience with bipolar disorder II. It will be published in January. I pray it helps people like my brother and sister who commuted suicide too afraid of stigma to seek professional help.

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Every mass shooting brings the same refrain: "It was done by a mentally ill person". Not true. It only feed stigma. I'm here to help fight it in the names of my brother and sister who committed suicide too afraid of stigma to get professional help.

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